Andrew Blackhorse

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Andrew L. Blackhorse
Secretary of Diplomacy
Assumed office
22 May 2017
Prime Minister Noa Dargany
Predecessor Apollo Cerwyn
Secretary of Welfare
Assumed office
22 May 2017
Prime Minister Noa Dargany
Predecessor Anton Schubert-Moss
Leader of the Opposition
In office
3 October 2015 - 22 May 2017
Prime Minister Shounn Virny
Predecessor Étienne Boulin
Successor Apollo Cerwyn
Leader of the Liberals
In office
26 August 2015 - 5 June 2017
Deputy Leader Qian An
Noa Dargany
Predecessor Bertrand Rivière
Successor Noa Dargany
Personal information
Birth name Andrew Lidafegios Blackhorse
Citizenship Sabioveronese
Political party The Liberals (since 2014)
Communist Party (2013–14)
Religion Pahunist
Military service
Allegiance Sabia and Verona Sabia and Verona
Service/branch Royal Land Army
Rank Major Major
Mugshots of Albert Gold, Leandro Casablanca and Blackhorse in Salisse, November 2012.
In this traditional Sabian name, Brakħors is the family name and Abakañvái is the matronymic.

Andrew Lidafegios Blackhorse (Sabian: Andru Brakħors Abakañvái), commonly known as Andrew L. Blackhorse is a Sabioveronese politician and former Army Major, who was the leader of the Liberals, a liberal conservative political party in Sabia and Verona, from 2015 to 2017. A former member of the Communist Party (KMCW), Blackhorse rose to prominence in 2012 due to his participation in the "revolt of the Three Kings" alongside Albert Gold and Leandro Casablanca. Dargany currently serves as Secretary of Diplomacy and Welfare in Noa Dargany's cabinet.

Blackhorse became a member of the Unity Party (later renamed as the Liberals under his leadership) shortly after the dissolution of the KMCW in early 2014, and became its leader after Bertrand Rivière's resignation in the Haronos Plan. He is currently a member of the Sabioveronese Parliament for the constituency of Sejê–Kepren, a seat he won in the 2015 general election. He currently chairs the Parliamentary Commission for Music and Ambientation.

Early life

Blackhorse is of Venezuelan and German origin. His family settled in Caenia a couple of years before the creation of Sabia and Verona, but he claims to be from Verona and lived in Abrelia before partaking in Haronos in 2015. He is a cousin of Leandro Casablanca.

In November 2012, Blackhorse led a small rebellion against the government of Napoléon Bleuberrie with the help of Casablanca and fellow Abrelian Albert Gold, proclaiming himself "King of the East" as he secured the city of Quar in Tegula with the help of locals, who were later discovered to be Unity Party members.[1] The insurgency was quashed by government forces and Blackhorse, alongside Gold and Casablanca, was put in the Land Army's penal conscription system, in which he had to collaborate with the Army and participate in its activities in order to clear his name.[2]

Blackhorse stayed in the Land Army for a year, in which he rose to the rank of Major. Due to the specifications of the penal conscription law, he was unable to ascend to the higher ranks, yet he received congratulatory notes by Adm. Noa Dargany and Gen. Boris Tovinski on his co-operative attitude and "notorious service to the nation".

Political career

After being honorably discharged from the army in November 2013, Blackhorse got involved with the Communist Party of Sabia and Verona (KMCW), which had broken away from the Socialist Party earlier that year following the 2013 failed self-coup attemp led by Socialist Napoléon Bleuberrie. During his time in the KMCW, Blackhorse got close to the likes of Léon Galieri, and the Jens brothers Snø and Vinter.

When the KMCW merged with the Socialist Party again to form the Left Alliance in 2014, Blackhorse didn't join the new leftist party but rather became interested in the Unity Party, which at the time was seeing the rise of the charismatic Bertrand Rivière. Rivière became leader shortly after Blackhorse joined the party, in June 2014. After the September 2014 general election, in which Unity emerged as the largest party in government, Blackhorse began to get actively involved in the party's inner workings and became Treasurer of the Party in December 2014.

Party leader

In early 2015, Blackhorse became one of the dissident voices of Unity that rallied against Rivière and what was perceived as his authoritarian style of government. Blackhorse attended the Congress of Salisse but did not participate in the writing of the new constitution. He was one of the few Unity Party members who participated in the Haronos Plan, and on 26 August 2015 he was chosen by the barons of the party to succeed Rivière as party leader.

Though Unity dwindled in numbers in Alios, Blackhorse gained the support of many native Aliosikar, and gained 40% of the popular vote in the 2015 general election, the highest percentage of the popular vote Unity had seen since the 2012 election.[3] Despite gaining 40% of the vote, Unity received only 30% of representation in the new Parliament.

During Blackhorse's leadership of Unity, the party saw a shift from the radical right-wing, social conservative policies of Rivière to a more moderate social liberal approach,[4] as Blackhorse and the party voted in favor of same-sex adoption and the reduction of military spending.[5] In April 2016, Blackhorse met with Prime Minister Shounn Virny in the Kodesari neighborhood of Alios to discuss the upcoming general election and other topics.[6] During the meeting, Blackhorse announced he had intentions to resign as party leader, and hinted at the possibility of vouching for a native Aliosikar as his successor. However, popular support for him as party leader remained high among Unity voters.[2] At the 2016 election, Blackhorse led Unity to its best results since 2012, taking 42% of the popular vote and 9 out of 20 seats in Parliament.[7] Falling short of a majority, Unity lost the chance to govern when the NNS and the Left formed a leftist coalition, leaving the blue party to be the Opposition once again.

In November 2016, for the Unity Conference 2016, Blackhorse presented the New Valtirian Plan, a new platform for the Unity Party that radically changed its core ideology and most notably, its name. Unity, thenceforth known as The Liberals, officially became a social liberal and laissez-faire capitalist party.[8]

At the 2017 general election, Blackhorse led the party to its best result since 2012, getting 52% of the popular vote and falling just a seat short of a complete majority. After the election, Blackhorse announced he intended to resign as party leader, and instead Deputy Leader Noa Dargany led the talks to form a new government. Dargany became Prime Minister on 22 May, when Blackhorse assumed two cabinet positions: Secretary of Diplomacy (foreign affairs) and Welfare.[9] On 5 June 2017, Dargany succeeded Blackhorse as party leader following the first leadership election in the party's history.[10]

Personal life

Blackhorse is commonly described as "reclusive and mysterious", refusing to speak about his private life and affairs distinct from his political career. He is a Pahunist, though he was raised in the Lutheran tradition. It is unknown what the origin of the Blackhorse surname is, as the former Major is neither black nor a horse, but a light-brown bear. Blackhorse uses a false matronymic, a common practice among Alios residents: Héshravak can be translated as "child of happiness" (from the Sabian heshros). His middle name, Lidafegios, means "pride of the clan" or "pride of the family" in Sabian.

References

Political offices
Preceded by
Apollo Cerwyn
Secretary of Diplomacy
22 May 2017 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Anton Schubert-Moss
Secretary of Welfare
22 May 2017 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Parliament of Sabia and Verona
Preceded by
New constituency
MP for Alios
22 May 2017 - present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Preceded by
Étienne Boulin
Leader of the Opposition
1 October 2015 - 22 May 2017
Succeeded by
Apollo Cerwyn
Preceded by
New constituency
MP for Sejê–Kepren
1 October 2015 - 22 May 2017
Succeeded by
Constituency abolished
Party political offices
Preceded by
Bertrand Rivière
Leader of the Liberals
26 August 2015 - 5 June 2017
Succeeded by
Noa Dargany